What’s Current: NHS treatment for child gender dysphoria ‘compromised’ by adult biases

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  • An interim report on youth gender services in England claims a “profound” lack of evidence and medical consensus on treating children diagnosed with “gender dysphoria” led to quality of care “compromised” by adult biases. The Observer reports:

“The NHS’s specialist Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) takes a child’s expressed gender identity as the starting point for treatment. This ‘affirmative approach’ leaves little space for exploration of the potential relationship between their dysphoria and neurodiversity or psychosocial needs, including those arising from childhood trauma or internalized hostility to same-sex attraction.”

  • Widespread sexual violence against women is being committed by armed men and boys participating in South Sudan’s civil war, the UN Commission confirms.
  • Six men in Argentina are accused of participating in the gang rape of a 20-year-old woman in a car, in broad daylight, sparking national outrage and calls for men to stand up against rape and sex-based violence.
  • First-time author Lauren Hough is cut from the Lambda Literary Award shortlist after standing up for fellow author Sandra Newman on Twitter, defending Newman over claims that her book The Men is transphobic.
Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.